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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jun 7, 2012 5:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (non-Dead, but PM Tell will dig it)

Everything man!! That's how the Navy cryptologists were able to determine where the Japanese were going to attack. Midway, among other islands were possible targets. The cryppies had cracked about 15% of the Japanese cypher and were able to figure out that "Target Alpha Foxtrot" was the intended target. In a brilliant move, the Navy sent an unencrypted message saying that the Chief's mess on Midway was out of creamer. Everyone knows that a Navy Chief Petty officer is incapable of functioning without a cup of coffee in one hand, and the throat of a misbehaving seaman in the other. Anyway, subsequent messages sent by the Japanese stated that they had intercepted messages that said that there was no more creamer on "Alpha Foxtrot" and that the invasion should be a walk in the park because the Chiefs were rendered inoperable because they couldn't drink coffee.

I did not make that up.

Any of it.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 7, 2012 6:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (non-Dead, but PM Tell will dig it)

Excellent; BTW, I met the wife of one of the Arnolds (Mere? Pap? Damn, can't recall--anyhow, the deck officer of the Yorktown...last man off [maybe more than one claimed this? har, har]...she always lamented they'd divorced prior to this in the late 30s, as she didn't know he'd be so famous...nice old lady; maybe it was just a storyline, but she had all this WWII stuff and we got to know one another as a result).

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jun 7, 2012 7:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (non-Dead, but PM Tell will dig it)

Rear Admiral Ralph Arnold maybe? He was the Supply Officer on YORKTOWN and won the Navy Cross at Midway for rescuing two sailors from the USS HAMMANN that was moored alongside YORKTOWN providing temporary power when HAMMANN was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. I found his obit on-line and the timing looks about right for your story.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1985-07-11/news/8502140891_1_navy-veteran-uss-yorktown-solomon-islands

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 7, 2012 11:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (non-Dead, but PM Tell will dig it)

Ah, that makes a lot of sense...somehow only recollect nicknames, and I know I read subsequently about both a "Mere" and a "Hap" Arnold...he may be one of those, or altogether different, but this medal biz makes clear he was probably the one she "let get away"...ie, he would have been famous for that at that time, right off...thanks.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jun 7, 2012 1:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (non-Dead, but PM Tell will dig it)

General Hap preceded Admiral Ralph by about a half generation. Hap essentially founded the Air Service in WWI, and went on to command US Army Air Forces in WWII. He was pretty close to Mitchell and that caused some issues with Roosevelt, but he still ended up being the only person in US military history to hold 5 star rank in two services.

See a Navy guy can pay attention when stationed at Naval Air Station Offutt, I mean Offutt Air Force Base.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 7, 2012 2:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (non-Dead, but PM Tell will dig it)

Damn; you'd think I could keep my Service Line Arnolds separate! I just love names like "Hap" and "Mere" and so on...great stuff; beats the heck out of the Brits, though there is something to be said for the "bifs" and "boffos" and the rest (recited during the WWI segment of Blackadder).

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